sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : GC32s at Cowes Week - SPAX Solutions wins, as Marwin capsizes + Video
GC32s at Cowes Week - SPAX Solutions wins, as Marwin capsizes + Video


'The GC32 is the one design for the Great Cup Racing circuit, Cowes Week 2013, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom.'    Christophe Launay ©

After setting a new speed record yesterday, another new limit to GC32 racing was discovered today. While leading the final race of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, Flavio Marazzi’s Marwin team capsized its boat – the first time one of the all-new Martin Fischer-designed catamarans has ever turned over.

As usual today’s race started in relatively light winds only with a downwind start on this occasion taking the boats east down the Solent. Marazzi, twice Switzerland’s representative in the Star class at the Olympic Games, led the Laurent Lenne-steered SPAX Solutions off the start line. However Lenne was able to get back into contention after the Swiss team experienced issues with its genniker furler at the second leeward mark rounding.

The GC32 is the one design for the Great Cup Racing circuit, Cowes Week 2013, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom. -  Christophe Launay ©  

The lengthy Cowes Week course then took the two GC32 catamarans on a long upwind leg into the western Solent. During this Marazzi was able to fight back to regain the lead, reaching the top mark comfortably ahead. Unfortunately while bearing away around this, the final mark of the course, with the wind up to 20 knots and a short chop having developed the tide having turned, the Swiss team managed to bury its bows, their boat tumbling over on its side.

Impressively, their GC32 remained on its side without inverting completely and it took just 15 minutes for the Great Cup’s support RIB to right it, after towing it slowly sideways. No damage was caused to the boat.

'It is part of the learning curve,' admitted Flavio Marazzi. 'When we started sailing the GC32 we were trying to figure out how much we could do and where the limits were - today we definitely found the limit! During the bear away, maybe the main sheet wasn’t totally eased. There was also a lot of current going west against the wind and I think we caught a wave at the wrong stage.'

The GC32 is the one design for the Great Cup Racing circuit, Cowes Week 2013, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom. -  Christophe Launay ©  

Aside from this, Marazzi says he has enjoyed racing on the Solent this week having previously only sailed his GC32 on lakes in central Europe and his native Switzerland. 'I have never raced at Cowes Week. It is quite different from any other place I’ve been. There is a lot of current - it is like a river sometimes, but the sailing is great and the feeling is that people who come here are very enthusiastic about sailing.'

Andrew Macpherson, COO of the Great Cup, the circuit for the GC32 catamarans, was thrilled with the racing at Cowes Week. 'It has been an absolute blast. It is the first time we’ve had the boats in front of such a huge group of people and been able to sail in perfect conditions. We built the boat to sail in this stuff.'

Yesterday and today the races both finished with the sea breeze having built to 20 knots. 'We got to play in some wind and some waves and the most fun part I think was going around the fleet and seeing the difference in the speeds with other boats,' continued Macpherson.

The GC32 is the one design for the Great Cup Racing circuit, Cowes Week 2013, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom. -  Christophe Launay ©  

Overall after four days of racing it was Laurent Lenne’s SPAX Solutions that came out on top, but it was close with Marazzi’s Marwin team also winning races.

The intention is for the GC32s to return to Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week in 2014.

In the shorter term, the GC32s now move on to Lake Lugano in southern Switzerland where they will compete in Regata Coppa Roda di vela at the beginning of September. After that they will take part in the biggest regatta on Lake Garda, the Centomiglia.

The GC32 is the one design for the Great Cup Racing circuit, Cowes Week 2013, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom. -  Christophe Launay ©  

On a technical side there is also great development afoot. The GC32s are set up with daggerboard boxes that can accommodate different shapes of board and this autumn the intention is to install a new set of lifting foils, similar to those fitting on AC72s. So soon the GC32s will also be defying gravity, fully foiling, just like the catamarans currently racing in the America’s Cup. 'That is one of the advantages of our boat. You just have to change the top and bottom bearings. 12 bolts and it is done,' concludes Macpherson.


by GC32Racing

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=113102

1:44 PM Sun 11 Aug 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World









Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




























Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen


Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta by Bruce Fleming, Santa Barbara
















J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight


J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party   
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths   
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations   
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead   
J/111 World Championships - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 – Day 2   
Light wind and a freak storm at Youth Olympic Sailing Competition   
31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Declared 'best ever'   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Aussies on fire   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Saturday’s racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Day 5 images by Jude Robertson   
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champ - Day 3 images by Joy Dunigan   
Holt’s 25-year dream comes true with 505 Worlds Victor   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT